About 1,000 Elmont residents will be vaccinated for Covid-19 at Elmont Memorial High School on Saturday, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran announced on Wednesday.
Northwell Health and Nassau County have partnered to open a pop-up vaccine site in the community for one day. Community leaders are reaching out to elderly residents and others who are eligible to make appointments.
“We’re going to continue partnering with hospitals, partnering with Northwell to go to other spots in our very large and very diverse county to make sure we are giving equal access to everyone,” Curran said at a news conference in front of the high school.
State Sen. Todd Kaminsky, Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages, County Legislator Carrie Solages, Northwell CEO Michael Dowling, Sewanhaka Central School District Superintendent Dr. James Grossane, and Elmont Memorial High School Principal Kevin Dougherty all joined Curran for the announcement.
“We know many people with two or three screens open, refreshing constantly trying to get that elusive [vaccine] appointment,” Kaminsky said. “But we also have to think of our fellow Long Islanders who … may be elderly or otherwise vulnerable and unable to do so, so we’re going right into their communities and having leaders reach out to them.”
Another pop-up site will be coming to Glen Cove in the coming weeks, Curran added. She also noted that a pre-registration system for all vaccine sites in the county will open soon.
So far, 220,000 Nassau residents, which is 16 percent of the county’s population, have been vaccinated.
“Things are getting better,” Dowling said. “We have a lot of work to do yet, but compared to where we were relative to where we are today, there is progress that we should celebrate.”
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